User Avatar KopaJan 06, 2021

4 Ways to Stop Picking at Your Skin During a Flare-Up

Ask anyone with psoriasis and they’ll tell you that one of the hardest parts of daily life with the condition is resisting the temptation to pick at their skin. Whether your skin is itchy or not (and up to 90 percent of people with psoriasis do experience itch, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation), sometimes, the urge to rub and peel at thick plaques of skin cells is irresistible.

“I try really hard not to pick at my plaques,” says Molly Campbell, 31, from Cleveland, Ohio. “But, sometimes, the urge gets the better of me.”

There’s a good reason to leave your plaques alone, says Daniel Friedmann, a board-certified dermatologist at Westlake Dermatology in Austin, Texas. “Some people, purely out of habit, pick at their skin. Over time, this always makes the peeling and flaking worse,” he explains. “Stopping the itching and reducing the scratching is critical.”

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